"Steel Frame" Sofa by George Nelson For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

"Steel Frame" Sofa by George Nelson


A modular two-place sofa, with an integrated coffee table, from George Nelson's "Steel Frame" collection, made by Herman Miller. The three modules can be reconfigured to suit one's needs. A very clean and practical design that represents the distilled, highly rational, yet informal conception of modernism that Herman Miller products were famous for. Another modular seating unit from the "Steel Frame" series is also available, a bench with two orange-upholstered seats and a table. The black-enameled steel frame of this piece is the same as the sofa's.


  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. This piece has been reupholstered..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 29 in. x W 72 in. x D 32 in.

    H 73.66 cm x W 182.88 cm x D 81.28 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.

     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.

     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2005
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Sofa by Florence Knoll

By Florence Knoll
Sofa by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
American Sofas
An early design by Florence Knoll, and manufactured by her own company. This sofa is extremely comfortable, in spite of its somewhat austere, "architectural" appearance. Re-upholstered.

"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher

By Ole Wanscher
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Danish Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the designer's homage to 18th century English furniture; its spare and elegantly drawn frame fully expo...
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander ...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Armchairs
Fabric, Upholstery
An elegant George Nelson armchair that you never see. This pair was upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric, the exuberance of which plays nicely with the severity of the chair's line...

Long Sofa by Hans Wegner

By Hans J. Wegner
Long Sofa by Hans Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Danish Sofas
Wool, Oak
This substantial Hans Wegner sofa brings together all of the virtues of Danish design in its reconciliation of sleekness with restraint, and of jet-set modernity with the tradition o...
You May Also Like
Modern George Nelson Herman Miller Modular Grou...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Steel, Upholstery, Walnut
Lovely sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller as part of their Modular Group line featuring an attached white side table and two walnut drawers. Fun and functional addition to any s...
Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Steel, Upholstery, Wood
Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller sofa with a side table for their Modular Group line.
Steel Frame Sofa, Bench and Coffee Table by Geo...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Living Room Sets
Steel, Upholstery, Formica, Birch
George Nelson Steel Frame Group modular sofa, coffee table and bench. Rare version with the folding birch seat frames. Seats and tables lift out of the frames and can be configured i...
Rare Vintage Two-Seat Sling Sofa by George Nels...
Herman Miller, George Nelson & Associates
American Settees
Steel, Leather, Chrome, Rubber
Super rare configuration of an important design by George Nelson & Associates for Herman Miller. In brown original leather. In very fine condition. Designed in 1963 by John Svezia, ...

George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

By George Nelson
George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
George Nelson
American Sofas
Steel, Stainless Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
George Nelson Marshmallow sofa, model 5670 Manufactured by Herman Miller A great example of an iconic form.
George Nelson Sling Sofa by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Sofas
Steel, Leather
Designed in 1963 by John Svezia, Ronal Beckman and Irving Harper for George Nelson and Assoc. the sling sofa is an innovative design which uses a chrome-plated tubular steel frame, t...
George Nelson Modernist Sofa for Herman Miller
George Nelson
American Sofas
An early and elegant modernist design with organic lines. Original springs and wood feet. Reupholstered with a chic linen / cotton blend. A great sofa for a studio, office or home......

George Nelson Steel Frame Sofa

By George Nelson
George Nelson Steel Frame Sofa
George Nelson
American Sofas
Steel, Leather, Formica
George Nelson steel frame sofa with new black leather and two white formica side tables. Seat height is 16 inches.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries